Saturday, 17 November 2018

CSM: MDDB Adoption Drive

Adopt a furkid and never, ever buy one!
For more info, please visit their Facebook page below:
https://www.facebook.com/MalaysianDogsDeserveBetter/

Thursday, 15 November 2018

MPOV: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

My rating: 4/5
IMDb rating: 7.9/10
Released: November 15th, 2018
Director: David Yates
Casts: Eddie Redmayne, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Ezra Miller, Zoe Kravitz, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler
Category: PG-13, fantasy film

At the end of the first film, the powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody again and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards and witches up to rule over all non-magical beings.


In an effort to thwart Grindelwald's plans, Albus Dumbledore enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.

The above from Wikipedia.

I've read many poor reviews prior to watching this movie and naturally, I've thwarted it. In fact, this movie turned out to be more entertaining and kept me on my toes! Overall, it's filled with dialogues mostly, being British and all. Aside from the wand actions, there were some funny moments and definitely, I was surprised at the end! Who would have thought that would occur? JK Rowling is at her element best and I can't wait for the 3rd one coming on November 20th, 2020! Btw, she confirmed there'll be 5 in total ya!!!

The movie itself was seamlessly CGI except for the starting when the shots were too closed-up. Other than that, perfect setting, perfect background. I was delighted Professor McGonagall appeared briefly, assuming that's Minerva's relative since she's too young to be teaching then. Depp made an impressive Grindelwald and Law a charismatic Dumbledore. Both definitely made a great pair! Even Nagini was so realistic!

Some say it's messy and some say it's boring. Well, if you prefer action-packed then this is not for you. This is a magic infused, drama plotted British Potterverse! The 'revelio' at the end was thoroughly unexpected and I hoped the third movie would shed some 'lumos'!

MPOV: A Gentleman's Honor (Bastion Club #2)

My rating: 4/5
Goodreads rating: 4/5
First published: September 2003
Author: Stephanie Laurens
Genre: Historical romance

This is book 2 of the Bastion Club series which centres on one of the eligible bachelors, Anthony Blake who is Viscount Torrington. Having met Alicia Carrington in an unusual way, he seemed taken with her and always finding ways to be of her acquaintance. Alicia, on the other hand, is too busy launching her sister into the ton by masquerading as a widow. Embroiled in a murder mystery, Tony took the opportunity to deepen their friendship and eventually led Alicia to being his lover. Alicia has more to lose especially with her being a fraud in the ton and her family penniless. Her only hope is for her sister to marry well before she quickly goes into hiding and leaving even Tony behind!

This is my first Laurens and I've thoroughly enjoyed it overall. She wrote it astride with the regency's customary prose. BUT at the start, I did find Alicia's indecisive 'Tony... Torrington' paraphrase annoying! Thankfully it stopped and midway onward, the story was more bearable with the much anticipated ending. There were some flaws here and there but overall an entertaining read.

I can never understand though at the start why Tony is fully clothed while Alicia is near naked during their sexual tryst. I just felt it a little unfair, I know it's just a novel but always portraying female naked whilst the male counterpart is fully clothed annoys me! When they are finally in a bedroom, then the male counterpart gets naked, jeez! This is not the first one I've encountered ya...

Anyway, as with most romance novels, it may be predictable at times as we were lead in one direction but it was creatively plotted and turned the other way which I did find entertaining. Nicely written, now I'm hoping to read the rest of the Bastion Club's series.

Here are some of the snippets which boggled me:
Stiletto - I kept imagining it as a women's high heel shoes. Didn't know it's also another word for knife.

A new word in my book:
Escritoire - a small writing desk with drawers and compartments

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Human...

I'm saving this here...
Definitely a reminder to self...

Friday, 9 November 2018

CSM: Nyc Nat Nook will be late this Saturday

Dear Readers,

Nyc Nat Nook will open late tomorrow, Saturday 10th November 2018. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. See you at 3pm!!!

XoXo,
Susan

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Happy Deepavali!

Dear readers,

A very Happy Diwali to friends and family celebrating this Festival of Light!
Please be advised that Nyc Nat Nook will open later than usual at 3pm today.

XoXo,
Susan Lee

Friday, 2 November 2018

CSM: Nyc Nat Nook will be late this Saturday

Dear readers,

Nyc Nat Nook will open at 3pm this Saturday, 3rd November 2018. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused. Thank you.
XoXo,
Susan Lee

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Happy Halloween!

It's that time of the year again where dressing up would not be frown upon and waltzing from door to door asking 'Treat or trick?' is the norm LOL! Well, not in Malaysia though...

It has come to my attention that I rarely read horror books. Not ever since I was scared stiff by THIS book... my first ever horror book I've gotten my hands on, thinking that reading was less horrific and scary than watching it on TV. Well, I was proven wrong! After a few chapters in, I had goosebumps and kept looking over my shoulder! I honestly felt someone or something creeping behind me! With my heart beating faster, I had to just stopped reading IT and returned the book! Yes, IT by Stephen King was my first and last horror book... le sigh! Pennywise or red balloon, I've never attempted reading IT again.
So have you experienced the same? Or are you a horror fanatic?

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